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 By Capt. Chuck Uzzle    Sports 

Options galore for summer redfish

          It’s a familiar scene that is played out all along the gulf coast from Texas to Florida, anglers armed with light tackle weapons probe the shallow shorelines... — Updated 7/20/2021


Stick baits and suspending plugs are summer favorites

The slick surface of the lake was disrupted by skipping shrimp and the familiar sound of trout crashing the helpless crustaceans. Each cast with a soft plastic was met the familiar... — Updated 7/13/2021


Beat the heat with summer variety

Easily one of the most alluring features of Sabine Lake area is the fact that you can catch so many different species of fish in a relatively small area. The brackish water holds... — Updated 7/6/2021


Understanding patterns help anglers score more fish 

One of the biggest and most intriguing factors that keep fishermen coming back  day after day is the process of discovery, figuring out the puzzle so to speak. The task of... — Updated 6/29/2021


Texas makes statement with passing of "Constitutional Carry" law

In yet another blow to the gun control advocates the state of Texas officially passed the “Constitutional Carry” law this past week and it will go into effect on September 1st.... — Updated 6/22/2021


Spinnerbaits are a muddy water weapon

Any tackle geek knows they are the next great weapon in the angling arsenal, saltwater spinnerbaits have come to the coast and the redfish have a new enemy. They come in array of di... — Updated 6/1/2021


Fishermen shift focus and see "red"

It's no secret that Texas fishermen worship the speckled trout, anglers will go from one end of Texas to the other looking for that one magic 30" fish could define their angling... — Updated 5/25/2021


Super trout call for super tactics

Anywhere you go along the gulf coast there is an unwritten standard by which all fish are judged, the magic mark that each angler strives to attain. For inshore fishermen the glory... — Updated 5/18/2021


Lessons learned

For some unknown reason society has always been interested in and amused by the misfortunes of others. Television has had countless shows dedicated to "bloopers" and other gaffes... — Updated 5/11/2021


Summer school programs on the water

For the majority of our area students school is almost over for the year and the much anticipated free days of summer are now upon us. This time of the year that is tailor made for... — Updated 4/27/2021


Redfish take the spotlight with Sabine Redfish Series Tournament

With my little skiff in tow I eased down the road and got a feel for the water level as I crossed one of the many bayous that run through town. The water was a little lower than... — Updated 4/20/2021


Sportsmen oppose continued Biden infringements

In a little less than 3 months the average every day citizen has been overwhelmed by an avalanche of executive orders from the new president Joe Biden. Many of those orders like... — Updated 3/30/2021


Moving water equals active fish

Most any fisherman who spends time on our local waters has a theory about how the tides work and where they need to be to catch fish during those tides. Surprisingly enough there ar... — Updated 3/23/2021


White House continues pursuit against 2nd amendment rights

If you are a regular reader of this column or most any outdoor publication its not a far stretch to say you should be concerned with new gun law proposals generated by the current... — Updated 3/9/2021


It's not for everybody

True trophy trout, like this one Carlin Leavelle caught, pushing 10 pounds and 30 inches long are what saltwater fisherman dream about. You ever wonder what a 64 pack of Crayola... — Updated 3/2/2021


It's not for everybody

You ever wonder what a 64 pack of Crayola crayons, 31 flavors of ice cream at Baskin Robbins, or bags of assorted candy have in common? The answer is they offer something for... — Updated 2/17/2021


Big fish step up as temperatures climb

As far as I am concerned February and March have to be some of the best times on the calendar for a wide variety of reasons. Spring is closing in and everything starts to heat up,... — Updated 2/9/2021


Big opportunities found in small windows

Big trout in the winter are not caught by accident, take advantage of the conditions when they get right. How many times have you had it happen to you? After hours of fishing,... — Updated 2/2/2021


Final weekend woes

Local waterfowl hunters finish off their main season this weekend and for many it will be welcome sight. Ducks and geese locally been beyond sparse and just down right non existent... — Updated 1/26/2021


Heading for the home stretch

 With just a precious few days left in the 2020-21 hunting season most outdoors folks are scurrying around trying to finish up on a high note. Whitetail season is done except for a... — Updated 1/19/2021


All you can do is laugh

From my perch on the poling platform I often have plenty of time to think while I push my little boat around the marsh. The standard stuff that goes through every fisherman's mind... — Updated 1/12/2021


Staying away from "Us vs. Them"

If I asked you to name a good old fashioned rivalry it probably wouldn't take you very long to name off a few contenders. Family rivalries like the Hatfield's and McCoy's jump to... — Updated 1/5/2021


Conquer your fear of muddy water for winter success

Here in Texas there are a few things that are common from Sabine to Baffin at this time of the year and everyone who calls the coast or saltwater home has an idea what those things... — Updated 12/29/2020


Lessons learned in warmer months spell winter success

Winter fishing heats up when you locate productive structure. It's a common known fact that we have some of the craziest weather in the world here in Texas, especially on the... — Updated 12/22/2020


Switching gears for winter success

Winter time fishing can be worth the effort when everything comes together. To the casual observer or holiday traveler the sight of a fishing boat during winter is a cry for help,... — Updated 12/15/2020


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